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The boys and girls teams have been selected for the seventh annual Mail Tribune All-Star Basketball Classic, and the talented mix of area high school players bodes well for another exciting exhibition of high school hoops.
The games are March 21 at Kids Unlimited, with the girls starting at 6 p.m. and the boys at 7:30. They will again be webcast live on www.tablerocksports.net.
The event brings together the top players in the region, providing an opportunity for large- and small-school players — classes 6A to 1A — who have dominated the sports pages in recent months to share the floor at the same time, joining forces with and competing against one another.
And it's all for a good cause. Proceeds go to Kids Unlimited, a Medford youth development agency located at 821 N. Riverside Ave.
Admission is $8 for adults, $4 for students and kids under 12 get in free. The games have generated about $30,000 for Kids Unlimited.
The teams, the Rogues and Siskiyous, are made up of 40 boys and girls from 16 high schools.
The starters will be determined by an online vote. Fans can vote as many times as they like at www.mailtribune.com/allstars. Last year, a record 22,474 votes were logged over eight days.
Southern Oregon University and Oregon Institute of Technology men's and women's coaches will again direct the teams.
In last year's boys game, leading vote-getter Alex Miller of Cascade Christian lived up to the honor, pacing the Siskiyous to an 81-68 victory over the Rogues.
The senior leader for the Challengers dropped in a game-high 17 points behind three 3-pointers and added three rebounds en route to MVP honors.
The margin of victory was the second-most in event history, trailing only the 102-82 win by the Siskiyous the year before.
In the previous four years, a combined 15 points separated the two teams.
Ashland's Gabe Stanley paced the Rogues with 14 points and grabbed seven rebounds. Cascade Christian's David Sellers, a returnee this year, produced a double-double for the Rogues with 10 points and 10 rebounds.
In the girls game last year, Eagle Point senior Casie Johnson scored nine of her 15 points to start the fourth period and give the Siskiyous the juice they needed to finish off a 73-61 win over the Rogues.
Johnson, in her third year and third victory in the game, was most valuable player.
South Medford's Julissa Tago, only a freshman, scored a game-high 18 points to help the Siskiyous make it two wins in a row. The Rogues won the first four games.
St. Mary's 5-foot-3 junior Emily Alvarez had 19 points for the Rogues and North Medford senior post McKensey Peters tallied 13.
Tago and Alvarez are in the game again this year.
The event is sponsored by Guru Ink, Los Arcos restaurant and People's Bank.
Tristen Holmes, North Medford; Mark Winans, South Medford; Jacob Hintemeyer, Crater; Brian Luther, Grants Pass; Jorge Quintero, Eagle Point; Jason Wyncoop, Phoenix; Cameron Lyon, North Valley; Mike Hults, Hidden Valley; David Sellers, Cascade Christian; Matt Rader, Prospect.
Julian Gray, North Medford; Ben Orndoff, South Medford; Connor Lane, Crater; Micah Johnson, Grant Pass; Collin Malcolm, Ashland; Cesar Chavez, Eagle Point; Kade Benton, St. Mary’s; Chris Campbell, Rogue River; Zach Welch, Illinois Valley; Evan Givens, Butte Falls.
Ashley Bolston, South Medford; Alexa Phillips, Grants Pass; Alexia Hall, North Medford; Becca Heard, Crater; Georgia Williams, Ashland; Baylee Toney, Phoenix; Lexi Pittman, North Valley; Alaina Thomson, Cascade Christian; Angelica Pamplona, Rogue River; Ashton Petray, Rogue Valley Adventist.
Julissa Tago, South Medford; Keyari Sleezer, South Medford; Courtney Setzer, Crater; Michaela Dunn, Ashland; Adrienne Wood, Eagle Point; Bailee Tally, Phoenix; Curly Devos, Hidden Valley; Emily Alvarez, St. Mary’s; Kimberly Crow, Illinois Valley; Torri Lilly, Butte Falls.
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